Attorney General promises victims short changed by government will have compensation reassessed

The NSW government is still promising to top up the claims of thousands of victims of crime who were short changed by the new victims support scheme; a scheme which reduced compensation payouts by tens of thousands of dollars for some. The new scheme, which commenced on 3 June 2013 applied retrospectively to existing claims. This meant that any claim that was not finally determined before 7 May 2013 would be determined under the new scheme.

Thousands of victims will be eligible to have their compensation re-determined under the old scheme once the government delivers on an election promise. The Attorney General has written to Kelso Lawyers, stating “I assure you that the reassessment of transitional claims will commence before the end of the year.” Ms Upton wrote to Kelso Lawyers on 1 July 2015, just days after the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story on the unfulfilled election promise which made reference to correspondence Kelsos had sent to the Attorney General and Premier in April this year. Ms Upton’s letter can be read in full here.

About Peter Kelso

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.

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